NYPD holds its Pride celebration, counterterrorism chief gets Ally Award

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The NYPD held its annual Pride celebration Tuesday night at One Police Plaza, where the Pride and transgender flags were proudly displayed.

"A great night at One Police Plaza celebrating #Pride within the NYPD and all of NYC!" Chief of the Department Terence Monahan tweeted Wednesday. "I’m proud to be part of an inclusive department where it doesn’t matter how you identify or who you love — we’re all cops and New Yorkers working toward a safer city."

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Chief James Waters of the Counterterrorism bureau received the Ally Award from the Gay Officers Action League NY, a non-profit organization representing LGBTQ law enforcement and criminal justice professionals.

"Thank you @GoalNY for the incredible honor of receiving the Ally Award," Waters tweeted. "I am humbled by the recognition and am lucky to work alongside each and every GOAL member in protecting this city."

Waters said members of the LGBTQ community should never fear calling the police to report any crime. 

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Deputy Chief Chaplain Msgr. David Cassato also preached a message of inclusion and pride, telling attendees, "Be proud of who are."

On display at One Police Plaza were rainbow-covered NYPD vehicles, some of which said "The NYPD salutes the LGBTQ community."

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In addition to NYPD officers and officials, attendees also include those from the Mayor's Office of Community Affairs and the Mayor's Office. 

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And the K-9 unit also made an apperance at the event!

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